Education Digest


Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

March 06, 2005

Registration for kindergarten is March 14-18

Registration for pupils entering public-school kindergarten in August will be held in all Howard County elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 14-18 and at other times determined by individual schools.

State law requires that children entering kindergarten, which is mandatory in Maryland, must be at least 5 on or before Sept. 30, 2005. Children entering first grade must be 6 on or before Oct. 31, 2005

Parents or legal guardians should register children at the school serving their address. To find the appropriate school: 410-313-6682, or visit the "School Locator" at

Those for whom English is not the primary language spoken in the home or if the children are foreign-born should call the Office of International Student Services, 410-313-7101.

The parent or guardian must present the child's birth certificate, their own photo ID, proof of residency (a lease, deed, house contract or utility bill), and proof of the child's immunizations or religious exemption.

Immunization forms, which include the option for exemption from immunization for religious reasons, and health forms will be available at each school at the time of registration.

Homeschool resources slated for discussion

The Columbia Homeschool Community will sponsor a pres- entation on educational programming and resources for the homeschool community by a representative of Maryland Public Television from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14 at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Road, Columbia.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-740-6688, or

Columbia Council extends deadline for scholarship

The Columbia Council has extended the deadline from March 1 to March 15 for the Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award.

An award of $2,500 is given to up to six Columbia high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service. Candidates must live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on assessed property, have at least a C average and a history of voluntary service to the community.

Applications are available at local high schools, community centers, and at the Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 410-715-3161.

Library reading contest runs through April 30

Pupils in grades six, seven and eight can test themselves against other readers and perhaps win a prize in the Howard County Library's Black-Eyed Susan Reading Contest, which runs through April 30.

Contestants read one or more of the books listed at the library and answer questions about its plot characters and setting. One prize is awarded per title.

Information about the contest is available at the central library and branches.

Event is to honor those who have helped children

Howard County government is seeking nominations for its sixth "Celebrating Successes" event, honoring people who have made a positive difference in the life of a child or children.

Nominees will be recognized at a ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. April 26. Nomination forms are available at, and click on "Celebrating Successes nomination form," or call 410-313-1940.

Nominations must be e-mailed, faxed to 410-313-1430 or postmarked by March 18.

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